Thursday, December 1, 2016

Monica Rodriguez Running For LA City Council - Event on Dec. 4 in Pasadena

The pain of HRCs loss is still very raw and we are all suffering from election and fundraising fatigue. That being said, we still need to rally around candidates that will protect what we hold so dearly.  In March 2017 we have a chance to elect another woman to the 15 member Los Angeles City Council which currently only has ONE woman serving. Join with Mayor Garcetti, First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, Robyn Ritter Simon, Ana Guerrero, Anna Suceda, Anna Menedjian, Anne Tremplay,  and many others to endorse Monica Rodriquez for LA City Council. Here is the event information for December 4th:

Please Note: NWPC LA Westside has not yet endorsed in the CD7 City Council race; however, many of our board members, women civic leaders locally, and NWPC members have rallied behind candidate Monica Rodriguez.

Close the Gap Event in Sacramento on Dec. 5

Betty Yee Holiday Party in SF on Dec. 12

On Monday, December 12th, Betty Yee is hosting a holiday gathering of friends at Pier 9 in San Francisco at 5:30p.m.

California Legislature sees a rise in diversity but a drop in women

The new California Legislature will look slightly more racially and ethnically diverse than the last, but its number of women has dropped lower than it has been in more than two decades, according to an analysisof preliminary 2016 election results from the California Research Bureau.  
Of the 89 members in office, the number of nonwhite lawmakers has increased from 47 to 53, with gains made among Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino and multiracial lawmakers.
The rise in diversity is most pronounced in the Assembly, where the majority, or 54%, of legislators are now minorities.
 (Kyle Kim/Los Angeles Times)
(Kyle Kim/Los Angeles Times)
But the number of black lawmakers decreased by one. The total of female legislators dropped by four and now stands at 27. There have not been fewer women in office since 1991-92, and only in 1997-98 has that figure been equally low. 
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), vice chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus, said the Democratic Legislative Women's Caucus over the last two years "has worked to identify, recruit and help women run," she said. But leaders on both sides of the aisle needed to replicate those efforts, she said.
"Unfortunately, there's a real chance that not a single Republican woman will be elected this cycle to the Legislature even though half were termed out," she said. 
All demographic groups saw decreases in the number of women, except Latinas, which doubled their ranks from 5 to 10 lawmakers, according to the report. 
 (Kyle Kim/Los Angeles Times)
(Kyle Kim/Los Angeles Times)
Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Salnias) said that was due to an intentional and well-coordinated effort to close the gender gap led by the California Latino Legislative Caucus.
Latino lawmakers had been watching the number of women in office decline since 2014, Alejo said, and last year endorsed 10 Latina candidates out of the 14 they supported for the state Assembly and Senate. 
Latinas saw wins in districts where Latinos had never held office before and that many initially thought unlikely, such as Monique Limon in Santa Barbara and Sabrina Cervantes in Riverside County.
"We were very strategic about recruiting, endorsing and financially supporting Latina candidates," said Alejo, chair of the caucus. "We were very successful because of the early commitment and planning that we carried out this election cycle. But it's not enough and we are committed to increasing the overall numbers of women." 


From the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) - Dec. 2016 Newsletter

What's New

Moving Forward: More Women Inspired to Run
Before the election, some anticipated that a Hillary Clinton win might spur throngs of women to follow in her footsteps and run for office. While the win did not materialize, the groundswell of future candidates is happening. Articles in The Washington Post and USA Today offer documentation of burgeoning interest among women in running at various levels. Ready to Run®the non-partisan campaign training program offered at Center for American Women and Politics, is experiencing the surge: more than 70 women have already registered for the March 10-11 program,a dramatic increase over the number usually registered by early December. Partners around the country who replicate the Ready to Run® model in their own states report similar enthusiasm from prospective candidates. For those not located near a Ready to Run® training, CAWP's Political and Leadership Resource Map lists hundreds of non-partisan and partisan, co-ed and women-only programs: campaign training and leadership development programs, political action committees, and organizations and programs committed to supporting and encouraging women in politics. 
Expert Analysis 

When Two Candidates are Unlikable...
It only matters for the woman, says Adrienne Kimmell, executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation. Citing the Foundation's research, she ties this year's election outcome to the finding that "Men don't need to be liked to be elected, but voters are less likely to vote for a woman candidate they do not like." Read the analysis  here. 

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Facts & Figures 

The Trump Cabinet: Three Women So Far 
The New York Times lists Trump cabinet and cabinet-level picks to date including three women: Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina for the U.N; education activist Betsy DeVos for the Department of Education; and former labor secretary Elaine Chao for the Department of Transportation.  See the story here.
Who's to Blame? Not Clinton's Base
Rebecca Traister, in's The Cut, cites a variety of articles blaming women and people of color for Clinton's loss. She insists, "It is unconscionable, this know-better recrimination, directed at the very people who just put the most work and energy into defeating Trumpism, coming from those who will be made least vulnerable by Trump's ascension." Read the full article here. 
Anticipating an Off-Site First Lady 
Krissah Thompson, in The Washington Post, speculates on what the White House might be like with First Lady Melania Trump living in New York. Check out her analysis in the context of past first families here.

A Perspective from Down Under  
Australia's deputy labor leader, Tanya Plibersek, suggests that Hillary Clinton's loss is evidence that gender equality is not inevitable. Read about the discussion at an Australian feminist conference here
Her Loss Made Me Feel...
In Mashable, Emma Hinchliffe reports that "Watching Hillary Clinton lose made women feel worse about their own careers," citing research "by the career website InHerSight that found 76 percent of women felt worse about their own careers after seeing the election results." Details are here
Not Just Men: Rural White Women Backed Trump Too 
The Pew Research Center matches up findings from the NBC News national exit poll with an earlier Pew survey on feelings of rural white people about economic concerns to explain why rural white women joined rural white men in supporting Trump. Find the story here.

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